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Ozamiz motorcab drivers receive P3,000 cash assistance via TUPAD, AICS

November 27, 2020

About 3,961 motorcab drivers in 51 barangays in Ozamiz City received P3,000 each from the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-10 and the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-10 to help them cope with financial difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic. Second District Representative Henry Oaminal also extended help to the said beneficiaries. “The financial assistance is part of its mitigating measures brought about by the social distancing in motorcabs, which resulted in a huge income loss to affected drivers," Oaminal said. Due to limited funding from national agencies and to help distribute the P3,000 cash aid to each driver in the city, Deputy Speaker Oaminal and Mayor Sancho Fernando Oaminal will also provide personal funds to help the drivers with their daily needs. Mass transport operations were affected because of the health protocols as a measure against the further spread of the coronavirus disease, the representative added. In the entire district two in Misamis Occidental, nearly 6,000 motorcab drivers have received the P3,000 cash assistance through the efforts and assistance of Deputy Speaker Henry Oaminal. (SMRN/PIA Misamis Occidental)

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DTI-MisOcc turns over livelihood package to ELCAC beneficiaries

November 27, 2020

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Misamis Occidental turned over livelihood packages worth P5,000 to P8,000 each under the Pangkabuhayan para sa Pagbangon at Ginhawa (PBG) program at Don Victoriano Municipal Gymnasium, November 11. The livelihood kits were given to 80 beneficiaries under the ending local communist armed conflict (ELCAC) efforts of the government in Don Victoriano to finance their new businesses such as "sari-sari" store, rice retailing and hog raising. “Dako kaayo ko'g pasalamat sa nahitabo karon panahona, wala ko magdahum nga bisan sa ka layo sa atong lungsod ang national government wala gyud ta pasagdi ug hinay-hinay kitang gitabangan,” Don Victoriano Mayor Bertoldo “Dodong” Murallon said. (I am very grateful for what is happening now. I did not expect this because our town is far but the national government is here and they never leave us, we are slowly being helped) Murallon urged the residents to take care of the government's aid since this is the only way that they can provide a brighter future for their children as this would enable them to send their children to school and live a comfortable life. During the turnover of the livelihood kits, DTI Assistant Secretary Reveree Niño Contreras said, "Naa diri ang national government ug LGU DonVic para mutabang sa inyo. Dili mo pasagdan sa gobyerno." (The national government and LGU DonVic are here to help you. The government will not leave you forsaken) He further asked the residents to support the government, national agencies, and the local officials. Forher part, DTI-10 Regional Director Linda Boniao said, "The Pangkabuhayan sa pagBangon at Ginhawa (PBG) Program is a livelihood seeding and entrepreneurship development program, which aims to assist individuals and families affected by fire incidents, armed conflicts and other calamities to recover and restart their business." She added that the 80 beneficiaries will be monitored by DTI-MisOcc adding that the agency will give them more assistance if their business will become successful and if they need more help for expansion. DTI-MisOcc will also give livelihood seminars to former members of the New People's Army (NPA) and hear queries on concerns about their businesses. Jameson Masandig, one of the beneficiaries from Barangay Lalud, thanked the government for the program that changed their lives saying, "Maayo na gyud karon nga naa nami sa sabakan sa gobyerno, saunang panahon nga wala pa mi kaapil ani murag lisod kaayo among kinabuhi kay naa pa mi sa bukid gapuyo pero karon nga naa nami sa gobyerno, dako kaayo ug tabang ang gobyerno para sa amoa." (Life is easier now that we have returned to the fold of the law. Our life before was very difficult since we were living in the mountains but now, we are able to experience the help and service of the government) The activity is in partnership with the Philippine Army (PA), Philippine National Police (PNP), Technical Education for Skils and Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), local government unit (LGU) and other government agencies.  DTI Misamis Occidental has a total of 279 beneficiaries under PBG with 28 batches for the year 2020. (SMRN/PIA Misamis Occidental)

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14th Brightleaf Agriculture Journalism Awards caravan reaches Normin

November 27, 2020

The last leg of the 14th Brightleaf Agriculture Journalism Awards virtual caravan comes to northern Mindanao to enlist journalists and story enthusiasts in espousing narratives that display the strength and beauty of the country’s local and national agricultural sector in various mediums amid the coronavirus disease (COVID)–19 pandemic. “The agriculture industry has been vastly affected this year, Brightleaf wants to bring hope and champion stories that showcase our most strongest Filipino trait, resiliency,” Shayla Sanchez of Hackbang Media said. Now on its 14th year, the annual Brightleaf Agriculture Journalism Awards strives to build a community of media practitioners and audiences celebrating the work of agricultural journalists through incentivizing works from different mediums of media published from September 1, 2019 to January 30, 2021. Prizes range from Ipads, Macbooks, cash, travel packages, and more. In adherence to health safety protocols and to avoid mass gatherings, their usual nationwide caravan was done virtually since day one.  “We really tried to transition to the online stage, we didn’t want to hinder in celebrating and honoring agricultural journalists, we had to go digital,” Owen Jaen of Hackbang said. Their 12 categories overall offers a diverse range of specializations, namely: Agriculture Story of the Year, Tobacco Story of the Year, Agriculture Photo of the Year, Tobacco Photo of the Year, Best Agriculture TV program or Segment, Best Agriculture News Story – National; Best Agriculture News Story – Regional, Best Agriculture Feature Story – National, Best Agriculture Feature Story- Regional, Best Agriculture Radio Program or Segment, Best Agriculture Online Story, and Best Story in Tobacco Product Alternatives. “We are an agricultural country so we need to appreciate agriculture in all aspects, especially with the pandemic, we would like to see stories that are relevant to our situation now,” Sanchez said. For further information about the 2020 Bright Leaf Awards, participants can go to www.brightleafawards.com or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/brightleafawards. (VPSB/PIA10)

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Ozamiz CDRRMC conducts visual inspection of city’s flooded areas

November 27, 2020

The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) and City Engineer’s Office here conducted visual inspection of the flooded areas in the city, November 16. With the identification of the area, they were able to clear the water flow's obstructions and fast track the clearing of the waterways and canals. Mayor Sancho Fernando Oaminal said one of the causes of the blockage of the drainage systems is the improper disposal of garbage into the canals. “Despite the damage, we are thankful that everyone is safe and secured. Let us all continue to pray that these situations will not happen again,” Oaminal said. He further reminded the Ozamiznons to responsibly throw their trash to avoid clogging of canals.  “I am confident that with the targeted completion of the City drainage development project late next year, and with the cooperation of all Ozamiznons in keeping Ozamiz clean, our City will be more resilient to typhoons and heavy downpours in the future,” he added. The mayor ordered the use of the personal equipment and trucks to assist those who are working in the operations of the city. (LGU Ozamiz/PIA Misamis Occidental)  

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Sikad drivers hit by Covid-19 crisis

November 27, 2020

LALA, Lanao del Norte - Mandated to take off-road due to modified enhanced community quarantine caused by the rising cases of Covid-19 in Barangay Maranding, sikad drivers were left with no choice but to ober the new normal rules imposed by national and local laws.  Cornelio Dela Cerna, 48, who has been cycling around the community since 1997 said that even before the transporation halt, he has not picked up enough passengers to reach his average quota he used to have pre-pandemic.  “Lisod uy, atong lockdown diri na gipapahuway mi ug biyahe lisod jud. Dako kaayong epekto sa among pankonsumo sa pamilya. Hinuon nakadawat mig ayuda ato 12 kilos na bugas, 1 kilo bulad, 1 kilo munggos, 2 ka lata na corned beef gikan sa barangay,” he shared.  He further expressed that the relief goods they received from the local government were budgeted to fit the span of the two-week rest.  “Gi budget jud namo ang ayuda kay 12 kilos ra gud unya sulod sa 14 days na wala mi biyahe, kailangan jud namo siyang iguon kay wala mi kita, wala mi pamalit ug pagkonsumo,” he said.  Nonetheless, he was still thankful for the assistance given to them and said that it was better than to receive nothing.  Wilson Villarin, 58, also shared the same sentiment as he complained about how the pandemic slashed off their everyday earning.  “Apiki jud among panginabuhi ron. Naubos jud ang among pagpanikad gumikan sa panahon sa pagsugod sa pandemya hantod karon, wala pajud kausaban kay wala pa man kaayo tawo na manggawas,” said Villarin while he was patiently waiting for passengers. Moreover, Gregorio Gimena, a sikad driver for 15 years mentioned that most drivers within the community usually have an earning of Php. 500 and above. But since the start of pandemic when passengers and transportations were discouraged to go out and operate, the income plunged down to Php. 200.    “Lahi sauna ang among pagbiyahe diri sa Maranding. Sauna makaabot pa mi ug Php. 500 ug kung tingsakay masobra pa. Karon mga nasa Php. 200 nalang kay mingaw pa ang tawo ron, hinay ang sakay,” he stated.  He further shared that he was more worried for the sikad drivers who have families to support because he himself who has none, could already feel the struggle caused by the pandemic.      On the lighter side, youth initiatives with the aim to help sikad drivers in Barangay Maranding are starting to kick off.   An initiative spearheaded by Nathanielle Keith Penaso, a nursing student from Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology will be opening a donation drive that will be accepting monetary and in-kind donations like clothing and groceries any time in December. She said that the drive is to support sikad drivers who are one of the people greatly affected by the crisis by giving them necessary groceries for the daily consumption. ###

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Congratulations to the new PLM doctors

November 27, 2020

Manila City - The Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila places 4th among the country’s top medical schools with a 97.58% passing rate in the recent board examination for medical licensing.   Two PLM graduates placed 7th: Dr. Czarina Angelli Anastacio and Dr. Ernest Paul Calasanz.   University President Emmanuel Leyco greeted the new PLM doctors, saying: “I am overjoyed as 121 new PLM doctors reinforce the ranks of healthcare frontliners who selflessly serve the Filipino people amidst the devastating impact of COVID-19 pandemic.”   The honor belongs to the successful new PLM doctors and their families, the PLM College of Medicine faculty and staff led by their dean, Dr. Angeline Alabastro. All of PLM’s passers were first timers in taking the PRC exam.   A total of 3,538 aspiring doctors passed the November 2020 physician licensure exam –– a much-needed boost as the country grapples with local coronavirus outbreaks. Details of the oath-taking ceremony will be announced later, according to the Professional Regulation Commission.   “May our new doctors use their skills and knowledge to serve and promote the well-being of fellow Filipinos,” President Leyco added.   PLM is a premier public university which has produced graduates who have contributed to nation-building since 1965. The University thanks the City of Manila and her people for their unwavering support to PLM.   Again, congratulations to the country’s new doctors!  

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